Payroll Processor Salary

Most Payroll Processors in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.97 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,168 - $49,821
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MEDIAN: $39,114
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$11.77 - $21.24
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$30,168 - $49,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,444  
Profit Sharing
$1,350  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,957 - $47,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.77 - $21.24  
   
Overtime
$19.58 - $31.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,444  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,350  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,957 - $47,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Processor


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Payroll Processors who transition into a Senior Payroll Processor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $47K per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Survey results suggest that Payroll Processors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Payroll Processors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $33K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $35K. Payroll Processors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 14%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 9%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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